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and wisconsin. now the labor mooumt is fighting for its rights in lansing, michigan. out in the cold voicing outrage on the steps of the statehouse over right to work legislation that governor rick snyder says he will be signing when it reaches his desk likely tomorrow. joining me now nbc's ron mott live in lansing. ron, what is the latest, and how did this come to a head so quickly in michigan? >> reporter: it came together very quickly, andrea. good day to you. it's a cold day out here, but these folks are very fired up. they don't like the way that this legislation was pushed through the statehouse here. they believe that this was a republican strategy to go through a lame-duck session. they know they've got a little more democratic leaning legislature coming here next month, and they figure that this was the most opportune time to push this legislation through. a very small window of time to actually debate the issue, and then as you mention, tomorrow governor snyder is expected to sign this into law, making michigan the 24th right to work state. i spoke with the head of the chamber here
of michigan. the fight coming to a head over that state's right to work law as thousands of protesters swarched the state capital. union supporters are rallying around the capital building itself in lansing as gop lawmakers from both state houses vote on a bill that would significantly weaken union rights in a state considered one of the cradles of the labor movement. the law prohibits workers from being required to pay union dues as a condition of employment. republican governor schneider saying that he'll sign that bill right away making michigan the 24th state with the right to work. >>> yesterday president obama joined the chorus of voices condemning this move. >> by the way, what we shouldn't do, i just got to say this, what we shouldn't be doing is taking away your right to bargain for better wages. giving you the right to work for less money. >> nbc is live from lansing, michigan, and from detroit i'm joined by michigan democratic congressman gary peters. ron, i'm going to start with you. describe the scene for us there and what's at stake. >> reporter: good day to you. it just
love strong. >>> when michigan republicans came back after this last election and suddenly moved without warning to get rid of union rights in their state, one of the things that was so shocking about it was that they had not campaigned on doing that. that was not what this election was about in michigan. in fact, the republican governor of the state, rick snyder, said that he didn't want to do that. but they kim back after this election and they did it anyway. all of a sudden in a bit of a surprise attack. their cover, what they explained about why they felt justified doing it, was that michigan voters in this election had voted against a pro-union rights constitutional amendment. governor rick snyder explained that because the voters said no to an unrelated pro-union rights measure he felt that was a green light for him to strip union rights across the state. the logic is a stretch. but at least you can sort of follow it, right? well, now there's this. in the 2012 election, in this past election michigan voters also got to vote on governor snyder's emergency manager law, which
defecting, including michigan congressman justin amash who said yesterday, "if speaker boehner wants to come back to my district, he is not going to to be met with very much welcome." both striking a deal or failing to do so could cost him his speakership, but in the eyes of the american people, will he find a way to preserve consumer confidence and tax cuts for 98% of america or will he end up becoming the unseasonably tanned grinch who stole christmas? joining us on that note from capitol hill is nbc's luke russert. luke, you know, boehner is in sort of a no-win situation, right? if he cuts a deal, then the justin amash's of the world who politico put in the category of something that rhymes with bass coal, and if he doesn't cut i a deal, then the american people hate him and blame him for the tacks going up. what can boehner do? >> i think that a lot of that consternation on the right is going towards john boehner is a little bit overplayed. surely, there are folks who are angry at him, but his speakership is not in any serious jeopardy at this time. what i find interesting here, though,
. controversial right-to-work measures will soon be the law of the land in michigan. republican governor rick snider signed the law despite wide protests at the capitol. the law will make it illegal for a union employee to pay union dues as a condition of their employment. >> let's explain that. just for half a second. then we'll go on. right to work, what does it mean? people ask me, what does it mean? it means unions can force somebody to pay them if they want to get a job in the state of michigan. >> well, what it means is, if you get a job, the union extracts money from your paycheck for the dues for union dues. >> well, yeah. >> automatically. >> automatically. >> you've got no choice. oh, you want to work here? well, you've got to pay us. >> right. >> what if i don't want to pay you? what if i don't want to support the candidates you support? what if they're the antithesis of my values? too bad. and so i've never understood this. >> governor snider says it was the unions who started the fight in the first place. by trying to add collective bargaining rights in the state's constitution.
point, bracing for protests. thousands battling over michigan's right to work. will the governor reconsider the controversial measure. >>> and president obama and house speaker boehner mum on fiscal cliff negotiations. and a sign that a deal could be near. >>> new world order, the economy growing at an enormous rate in china, and in a few years it will surpass the u.s. what it means, coming up. >>> dozens of homes damaged in the south, ripping off roofs and damaging trees. more to come. stamp watch, straight ahead. >>> lots to talk about this morning. the next two hours, we'll talk with steve israel. jeff sessions, sandy levin, rahm emanuel and businessman javier paolomarez, ed burns, frankie monday easy, and chuck leavell. "starting point" begins right now. welcome, everybody. "starting point" this morning, angry, united. bracing for protests in michigan as the state is poised to become the most unionized right to work state. as many as 10,000 unionized workers expected at the state capitol to voice their disapproval of the measure. some of them teachers, two detroit area school
it. make your mark with ink from chase. >>> welcome back. >>> michigan is poised to become the most unionized right to work state. workers are expected to voice their disapproval today at the state capital. even president obama stepping into the fray during a visit yesterday to a daimler truck factory in redford, michigan. >> these so-called right to work laws, they don't have to do with economics. they have everything to do with politics. what they're really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money. >> alison kosik is in lancing with the latest for us. if we could take this to the 101 level here. explain right to work. >> it essentially means if this law passes, the right to work law, even it passes here in michigan, it means if you are looking for work in michigan you wouldn't be forced to pay union dues 0 are join a union as a condition to get a job or keep a job. for a state like michigan which was built on unions, it really is a huge sea of change here. and it comes with an element of symbolism as well. especially since unions are so engrained in this state.
michigan is coming up. a right and left going at it. it isn't about gutting unions. a lot of people think so. stf about lowering wages and hurting democrats? you bet. >>> plus the most talked about movie in hollywood hasn't even talked about. it's about torture. many critics say "zero dark thirty" suggests without torture we wouldn't have gotten the guy. it's going to be hot. >>> and the gop's favorite supreme court justice scalia just came out with a sugar plum. if we can't have moral feelings request homosex you'llity, can we have it against murder? can we have it against other things? >>> finally, let me finish with the problem with judge scalia. i think you just heard it. this is "hardball," the place for politics. >>> everyone loves a winner. president obama's job approval rating has been lifted by his re-election victory. several new polls have him above 50%. some by large margins. 50% aprorve the job is doing versus 47% two disapprove.the president is plus eight in a new gallup poll. he's plus 12 in the national journal's latest polling, 54 slrs/42%. in a new associated press poll,
and it's tributaryies. so let's start up north in michigan, which is a beautiful little vacation community on the shore of one of the greatest lakes in the history of mankind in my opinion lake michigan. owning three marinas right now they can only open up right now because water levels are at historic lows. right now lake michigan is two feet below it's average. why? because of record drought after last summer's record-breaking heat. it's not just the great lakes. if you follow the illinois tributary leading up to lake michigan into feeding into the mississippi, you finally get to st. louis. there is a 180-mile stretch of river that has withered from a thousand feet wide to just a few hundred feet. then a little further down between thebes and eye crow, cairo illinois, there are the pinnacles. they're legendary for boat captains because they had to navigate around them. but now because of the low river levels, it's impossible to pass there. now the army corp of engineers have set to destroy the big rocks in 15. right now senators and house committee members have asked the federa
the state of michigan. and today, thousands of union workers descended on the capital to protest a new law they believe could be an ominous signal for unions and worker paychecks everywhere. here's abc's alex perez. >> reporter: the anger boiling over. officers turning to pepper spray to control the crowd at least 10,000 deep. but it wasn't enough. michigan republican lawmakers approving landmark legislation, lifting the requirement that workers in unionized workplaces pay union dues. an army of officers have been guarding the governor's office all day. some of these demonstrators have been here since 5:00 this morning. the republican governor has signed the law. >> with a stroke of a pen, take our rights away. it's offensive. >> reporter: supporters call it right to work, but unions say it's nothing less than an effort to cut their bargaining power. less dues means less influence. the afl-cio says the average worker in right to work states earns $1,500 less than workers in states without those laws. >> these so-called right to work laws, they don't have to do with economics, they have eve
of the united states steps into a very intense political fight in michigan and he's definitely taking sides. we're also looking into what's behind the dramatically lower prices showing up at gas stations near you. and life-saving television. we have an amazing look at an underground tv channel run by rebel fighters in one of the most dangerous cities in the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with president obama getting into a new fight with republicans and it's a fight he may actually lose. this afternoon in detroit, the president blasted a package of anti-union bills. michigan republicans, governor, is ush pushing through his state's legislature. >> what we shouldn't do, i just got to say this, what we shouldn't be doing is trying to take away your rights to bargain for better wages and working conditions. >> even though the cheering went on for nearly half a minute, it looks like those anti-union bills may, in fact, have enough support to pass michigan's legislature, despite union threats of massive demonstrations. cnn's alison kosik is in the capital, lanc
? >>> and huge protests didn't stop michigan's governor from signing the right to work law. what's this tell us about the future of labor? >>> but we begin with the latest on the fiscal cliff. republicans made another counteroffer but it's reportedly not much different from their first offer. though we don't have specifics, we do know the president and john boehner talked on the phone last night and that call, according to a republican familiar with it, was tense and lasted just 15 minutes. i want to bring in real clear politics reporter aaron mcpike and david hawkings, editor of the cq roll call daily briefing. good morning. so president obama sat down with barbara walters last night. here's what he said. >> most important thing we can do is make sure the middle class taxes do not go up on january 1st and i'm pretty confident that republicans would not hold middle class taxes hostage to try to protect tax cuts for high income individuals. >> so he's confident. is it almost a foregone conclusion, do you think, david, that this is going to be the first piece of the puzzle that falls into place?
, brooke. happening now, thousands of angry demonstrators swarm michigan state capital for a fight over labor unions. >>> here in washington, republicans turn the tables on president obama. we're going to tell you what specific information they are now demanding. >>> and who was she? you're going to find out why a century's old mystery may be closer to a solution. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." we begin with today's dramatic defeat for union workers in the industrial's heartland. this was the scene as republicans pushed through right to work bills saying that they don't have to pay union dues in in order to get a job. on lookers chanted, shame on you after the vote. this is a watershed moment because michigan is the same as countless union struggles, including this 1932 march where five people died and dozens were injured when unemployed workers were attacked by police and ford motor company security guards. after decades of gains, fewer than 12% of u.s. workers now belong to unions. in michigan, it's fewer than 18%. cnn's poppy harlow is at the state capital in lansi
the michigan right to work effort like he did in wisconsin and he's going to lose this one in michigan. meanwhile the economy and jobs are improving but the use of budget busting food stamps continues to soar. could the aggressive food stamp reason why? wait until you hear some of the radio ads. >>> proeb jumped head first into a right to work law today in michigan. eamon javers has the details. good evening. >> reporter: good evening. we are monitoring fiscal cliff talks. it's been radio silence from democrats and republicans in washington. they're sticking to preagreed upon talking points explaining that lines of communication are open. we don't know what it is speaker baner and barack obama are hashing out behind closed doors but more republicans are gravitating to the idea of compromising on a tax rate increase so long as they can get what they want for spending and entitlement cuts. listen. >> those rates are going up. we either act now to keep them from going up from as many people as possible or they will go up on everyone. that's a disaster. let's recognize reality, take care o
of the michigan coalition for responsible gun owners. mark, i will start with you. you heard from the nra a real focus not so much on guns, really talking about mental illness. they talked about tracking people who are mentally ill and pretty much everything, not about taking away guns but adding more guns. what did you make of their news conference today? >> you know, as somebody who's watched the organization for a while, my dad was a licensed gun dealer in colorado, i know a lot of nra members, it was a really surprising performance. the nra is usually quite smart. then again, they've never been under pressure like this. the truth is, it struck me as incoherent and bordering on detached from reality. talking about things lapierre gets paid a lot of money to talk about on a regular basis. it was not the time to say things even nra members don't believe. i think it is important as we have this debate that nra members are not the washington leadership. they're two very different things. nra members want commonsense gun laws. the washington leadership fights very hard against them. you're going t
yesterday in michigan when they become the 24th right to work state in a huge blow to labor. about 10,000 protesters were outside the capitol and some brought down a tent housing those from the koch brothers' americans for prosperity. and steven crowder suffered a cracked tooth. here's a video he posted online. >> get the [ mute ] out of my face! get the [ mute ] out of my face! >> you hurt a lady in there. >> i didn't hurt nobody. get the [ mute ] out of my face! back the [ mute ] up! >> stop tearing down the tent. >> back the [ mute ] up! >> let's go to michigan where i'm joined by bill balinger. and also doug geist. he's a representative in the michigan state house. i hear you're a good reporter. what happened there yesterday? could you give us a good report on what we saw in words? >> not really. i think with 12,500 people milling around the capitol and inside the capitol, it's a miracle there wasn't more of this than there was. i think there were only three arrests, three pepper spray attacks by the police. i think you could have expected this, and i don't think we should be upse
aboard! >> wall street. which is exactly as it should be. let's go to mickey in michigan. mickey! >> caller: booyah from michigan, jim. >> i'm liking michigan. i'm liking brady from michigan. can you believe he was a walk on? >> caller: today they said their car use is up, they're hiring folks from more business. is it time to get more of discover? and second one, do you think ebay can squash them and buy them out? >> no, i don't think they'll do that. i do like ebay very much. i actually like discover. but it's mastercard, then ebay, then discover. i was a little surprised it was a little weak but the stock has had a major run. john in california. >> caller: booyah, jim, from the sacramento valley of northern california. >> what's going on? >> caller: anyway, i got -- i noticed some activity in the house building around here back around northern california, sacramento valley. my play is berkshire b. what do you think of that? >> i think it actually max sense temperature i campaigned for that to be a housing and insurance company stock. i think you're dead on, i think it's a grea
here. >> reporter: the boy's dad, tom lamb, and stepmom nicole invited all of northeast michigan to launch these chinese lanterns. >> send them off, everybody. >> reporter: to celebrate what would have been their son's 9th birthday. >> i miss him so much. >> i know. >> so hard. i just want him back. [ crying ] >> we love you, jayden! >> reporter: much of what so many people loved about jayden lamb can be seen in this home video. although he had a rare form of cancer that attacked his central nervous system, here he is lip-synching a silly christmas song, busting a move right after a chemo treatment. the kid had that kind of spirit. but it was his final words, all his own, that will forever stick with his father. >> he looked at me right in the eye and he said, "i'm never going to get married, daddy." my heart sunk when he said that. i'm like, "why would you say that, buddy?" and he said, "god needs me more." >> reporter: "god needs me more," his last full sentence, but the beginning of something truly remarkable. a couple of days after jayden died, tom and nicole were in line to
and reducing our debt and deficit. >> sir, i want to get you on the record about this. as you said, michigan is the home of the american worker. but there are more protests planned in your state today over the controversial right to work legislation that the governor there, rick snyder, sparked this political firestorm when he announced last week he'd sign a bill requiring workers to financially support unions. it could happen tomorrow. moments ago you and your michigan colleagues gave a news conference on this. are you concerned this is going to turn into another messy situation similar to what we saw play out in wisconsin last year? >> here's what i'm concerned about with right to work. is that, number one, it'll end up cutting wages and benefits for middle-income workers who really need the money right now. they're still struggling with under water mortgages, with their kids facing all the student loan debt that i've been fighting to reduce, and also our middle-income families, when they have enough money to take care of themselves, spending that money actually stimulates the economy. so
. the presiding officer: the senator from michigan has asked to dispense with the quorum, but there is an objection. quorum call: the presiding officer: is there objection? mr. mccain: i ask for the yeas and nays on my amendment. sproeup is there a sufficient second? -- the presiding officer: is there a sufficient second? there does not appear to be a sufficient second. mr. mccain: i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: the presiding officer: the senator from michigan. ms. stabenow: i would ask to suspend the quorum call. the presiding officer: without objection. ms. stabenow: i appreciate my colleague's consideration. i would like consent to speak in morning business. i ask unanimous consent to speak in morning business. the presiding officer: without objection. ms. stabenow: thank you very much. mr. president, i rise today as so many colleagues have done throughout the day to pay tribute to a tremendous colleague that we lost yesterday, a friend to all of us, someone that we have all learned a tremendous amou
in love with progressive's claims service. >>> it was not until last week that michigan's governor rick snider announced that he even supported a right-to-work law. five days later, after making that support known, the bill was finished and signed so on tuesday, michigan became the 4th right to work state, rushing through legislation that substantial i will reduces union power by banning unions from requiring workers to pay union dues and online onshops that pay yub onwages. go governor snyder adopted the argument that he's freeing workers from having to pay union dues. >> i hope this gives the unions an opportunity to be more successful. by having an opportunity that really have to listen to all the workers there. and say, why are they delivering a value proposition that workers can stand up and choose to joined? >> the latest wave of union setbacks to hit the midwest and states where organized labor is traditionally strong like wisconsin and indiana. this time, however, it happened in michigan, the heart lanlds of the american labor movement. a state that's long been the spiritual cen
to push through this right to work. >> this is interesting actually. michigan is a heavily unionized state so why would it be going right to work. there's enormous downward pressure on wages on american companies around the world that can make things cheaper elsewhere than here and our wages are uncompetitive in a lot of ways. in effect what people in michigan have to decide, do you want fewer jobs at higher wages or lower jomore jobs at lower w they have decided they want more jobs. >> you look at michigan and detroit, that's a pretty easy answer. >> the unemployment rate. >> the unemployment rate is horrible. detroit in 1960, i think, was one of the wealth nest city if not the wealthiest city in america and now one of the poorest. >> the fourth largest. >> this is a done deal, going through the house today, to a republican governor and says he will sign it. >> it's symbolic of two things, one, the politics of it all, what we've seen in wisconsin and elsewhere and the unpopularity of unions these days and secondly an economic phenomenon, basically a statement we want jobs and we're willin
to brownsville. everyone in this chamber will miss her. i know i speak for all of my colleagues when i michigan wish kay bailey -- when i wish kay billy hutchison the i have best in the next exciting chapter of her life. i join with my colleagues in saying to you, via condios. mr. hatch: mr. president, i want to join in thanking kay for her great service here in the united states snavment i've worked very closely with her on a wide variety of issues and i have to say there's no more fires advocate. in fact, i have to say that all of our women senators are fierce advocates and we've been greatly benefited by having them herement and kay has parved the way for -- has paved the way for autumn in of senators, both male and fe female, to become better senators. kay bailey hutch song is a great senator. she worked her guts out the whole time she was here -- and she's still here, but she's going to retire this time. and she represented texas well. and all i can say is that she's been my friend all this time, and when i needed help from her, she was always there. i tried to be there for her when she ne
: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from michigan. ms. stabenow: thank you, mr. president. mr. president, i rise today to bring attention a critically important piece of legislation that the senate has passed and that the house needs to pass immediately. it passed the senate with bipartisan support. there are those on both sides of the aisle in the house of representatives that support passing it and i'm here to urge in the strongest terms possible that the speaker bring this bill up before the house and get it passed. now, many people, because of my speaking in the past, may be i'm referring to the farm bill, which i also believe we need to have the house take up and pass, because of our bipartisan work, but i actually after referring today to the fact that we have only 27 days until we go over the fiscal cliff, or for middle-class families, what this means is 27 days before their taxes go up on average $2,200. so what we're talking about is the fact that we passed a bil bill -- we didn't just pass a bill. we passed a bill in july, july 25 of this year, the sen
was complex and completed correctly and successfully. >>> so michigan, the cradle of the organized labor movement is now a right to work state. last night, michigan governor rick snyder kept his word and signed the controversial legislation into law, despite thousands of protesters. >> this is an area where obviously people disagree. but i'm confident this is in the best interest of michiganders. this will lead to more and better jobs. >> the legislation means public and private sector workers in michigan won't have to join a union or pay union dues if they choose not to. >>> a massive gas line explosion jolted people in their homes. saying it felt like a plane crash. the 70-foot wall of fire destroyed four homes near charleston, west virginia. five other homes were also damaged. this fire was so intense, you can see it right there. damaged an interstate, several people were treated for smoke inhalation. >>> ravi shankar has died. he passed away tuesday after undergoing heart valve replacement surgery. 92 years old and a legend for 50 years. shankar and george harrison teamed up for the
. well, the president was in michigan today speaking before autoworkers and selling his tax plan. let's listen. >> if congress doesn't act soon, meaning the next few weeks, starting on january 1st everybody is going to see their income taxes go up. it's true. y'all don't like that, huh? we can solve this problem. all congress needs to do is pass a law that would prevent a tax hike on the first $250,000 of everybody's income. everybody. that means 98% of americans and probably 100% of you. >> in some republicans are slowly but steadily fatesing a reality on the fiscal negotiations. leading the way, senator bob corker of tennessee. >> there is a growing group of folks that are looking at this and realizing we don't have a lot of cards as it relates to the tax issue before year end. i mean, we have one house, that's it. the presidency and the senate is in the democrats' hands. a lot of people are putting forth a theory and i actually think it has merit where you go ahead and give the president the 2% increase that he's talking about, the rate increase on the top 2%, and all of a sudden t
. plus, after the bell, michigan congressman sander levin said going back over the cliff would also bring what he calls a human cliff. he'll join us live to talk about that and why failure to lead now would lead to chaos. all right. i'm being told right now that secretary tim geithner has also joined the meeting and vice president biden is also there as well. we have a whole committee gathering at the white house. >> heavyweights. >> these are the most actively traded stocks at the new york stock exchange right now. stay with us. back in a minute. [ male announcer ] at scottrade, you won't just find us online, you'll also find us in person, with dedicated support teams at over 500 branches nationwide. so when you call or visit, you can ask for a name you know. because personal service starts with a real person. [ rodger ] at scottrade, seven dollar trades are just the start. our support teams are nearby, ready to help. it's no wonder so many investors are saying... [ all ] i'm with scottrade. it's no wonder so many investors are saying... excuse me, sir i'm gonna have to ask you to power
santa, yeah, got to like this one. this is mia from michigan, who apparently did not enjoy her first meeting with jolly old st. nick. >> if you have some awkward christmas pics, we ask you to send them to us. >> and we'll show them on the air and laugh at your expense. experience. ♪ >>> this morning on "world news now," a call for help. dozens of top executives join northeast governors in demanding congress come up with billions of dollars in sandy aid and do it now. >> nearly seven weeks after the storm, they're telling lawmakers not to leave washington for the holidays without approving that money. it 's friday, december 14. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good friday morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm paula faris. congress is feeling new pressure to pass that hurricane sandy aid legislation. that is our top story. >>> also ahead, susan rice shaping up the selection process for the next secretary of state. why the u.n. ambassador, the frontrunner to replace hillary clinton, now says she doesn't want the job. >>> and then the stars all have their stylist
and warns from denver to eastern michigan. the result, up to a foot of snow and wind from the rockies to eastern iowa. starting tomorrow and make it to wisconsin by friday. >> okay, ginger is here now. take us through, what travellers should watch for. >> tonight, it's denver. tonight and early tomorrow, and northeast colorado. then we go for the wednesday nebraska and north carolina area. and even northern illinois, just touching of the suburbs of chicago, thursday and friday. you have severe storms and everybody is asking, does it get to the east coast? do we get a white christmas? looks like rain. >> we need a lot of high school day spirit in the errants and on the roads. thanks. >>> and still ahead, the abc news search for sluices. the front lines in the america gun crisis, inside the emergency rooms. what the doctors are seeing that could change the debate. [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus presents the cold truth. i have a cold, and i took nyquil, but i'm still "stubbed" up. [ male announcer ] truth is, nyquil doesn't unstuff your nose. what? [ male announcer ] it doesn't hav
at that time. i took a look at it and when i got into the hospital in michigan, one of the fellows i met was modeled -- bob dole and we became good friends even to this day. i asked him what are your plans. and he, without hesitating, said i'm going to be a clerk. after that i'm going to run for the state house, first opening in the commerce. that's where i'm going. i figured that's a good idea. so i went to law school and became assistant prosecutor when the territorial losses became available i ran for that office and when the state could came along i got to congress a little ahead of bob. >> you were in the territorial legislature then before you came here. >> two terms in the house and in the senate. >> and then came here as a member of the house and who did you come here without that time? >> only one member of that time. >> you mentioned senator dole and the fact you were then in the hospital with him in michigan. it's amazing that some of these friendships were formed long before any public service. he talks about being a friend of -- excuse me, the senator from wyoming, al simpso
reaction? >> my reaction is, first off, on behalf of the entire michigan coalition for responsible gun ownership, first of all, i want to express sympathy to those who have lost loved ones. we have the goal of increasing safety and the reason i ended up in this decision is because we in your legislature what we thought was a common sense change to the create more safety. >> you wanted more guns? >> not more guns, but to allow those of us with licenses to go into more places. that's a little bit different. >> why do you not want to see assault rifles like the ar 15 banned, given they are devastating, they are military-grade weapons in many senses. they cause massive devastation. they can fire four to six bullets a second if primed properly. they can fire a hundred bullets in a minute. if people know what they're doing with them. this shooter took enough bullets to wipe out the entire school of 600 children and he could have done. why do you want these weapons on the streets of america? these are found on the battlefields of sar yafero, of syria? >> my thinking on this, they're out there
at that about where things stand is darrell issa of california and done nan edwards and michigan senator debbie sab snow and jon ba wrasse o from wyoming. what's up? what is happening that you can tell us about? >> well, there's a lot of work going on right now on both sides of the aisle in the senate to come to an aagreement. to me there's take basic principle, and if everybody agrees we can go forward. that is, don't hold middle class families hostage to the debate about whether or not the wealthiest americans should get another tax cut. i would argue we can't afford it as a country, but the question is, are we going to allow middle class families to see their taxes go up while we have this debate? if we can agree we will continue tax cuts for the middle class, everything else begins to fall into place. >> wlho is working at this moment? are you involved in this? >> i've been in touch with those involved in this. there is no deal yet. i continue to hope for a bipartisan agreement today. what we see a monumental failure of presidential leadership. the president is the only person with a pen to
what happens, which isn't rocket science. it's just common sense, from td ameritrade. >>> michigan is on track right now to pass the employee rights act. >>> hi wolf and kate. here in michigan, this is the heart of organized labor in america. it's the birthplace of the united autoworkers, but the future of unions is in question at this hour. the fight over labor unions in michigan is vocal and physical. thousands of protestors stormed the capital trying to stop the right to work bills. the measures were introduced and passed in a single day, rushed through, democrats argue, calling it a subversion of the legislative process. >> it terrifies me they're trying to pass it through so quickly with no discussion, no understanding of what's important in it. >> the measured would make it illegal for unions and employers to mandate employees joining a union or pay any money to a union. >> i don't view it as anti-union. >> i was told it was anti-worker saying it gives workers less of a choice, what do you say to that? >> that is back ward, this is about being proworker. >> governor schnider'
. >> as part of our great michigan christmas. >> reporter: and in south bend, indiana, wbnd finding a pen maker. and with their help, he's now selling his made in america pens to the world. >> going to china and japan instead of the other way around. >> reporter: and it turns out this made in america conversation has taken off elsewhere, too. so many americans going on twitter, and for the first time, a tally. since we started this journey, 946,565 tweets with those three words, made in america. "world news" viewers, a huge part of that. like samantha. just tweeted me, "did a little christmas shopping today for some friends, and the best part? all of it was #madeinamerica." and she sent me the picture to prove it. and who noticed this conversation? one of the founders of twitter. and we found him in new york, as he was shopping for made in america. he's seen the trend of twitter. and you've seen it? >> oh, yeah. >> reporter: jack dorsey. and without him, we wouldn't be sending those 140 character tweets. he says movements on twitter come in all sizes. >> some grow very, very large and global, a
snow from michigan to west virginia to maine. you know, if you can find any positive inside this powder, the people here in this part of the country tell me, at least it's moisture. remember, they've seen extreme and severe drought for years. diane? >> all right, ginger, reporting in from those slick roads. and for perspective, 87 million of us will be navigating the roads for the holiday, while nearly 6 million of us will be trying to fly. but a lot of airports are struggling tonight, including busy o'hare in chicago and abc's alex perez is there. >> reporter: more than 1,000 flights across the country already canceled tonight. from texas -- >> now i can't get out until the morning. >> reporter: to des moines, iowa, where they got a foot of snow. >> we just found a rental car and decided we're going to try and make the drive through. >> reporter: in denver, those stranded just trying to get out. >> delayed, delayed and now i've been in here for like an hour. >> reporter: and at chicago's busy o'hare airport, hundreds of flights delayed tonight. >> very frustrating, anxious to get home
of the michigan gun coalition, i want to express sympathy to the victims of this tragedy. we passed a common sense change to create more safety. >> you ordered more guns didn't you? >> more licenses to go into more places. that is a little bit different. >> why do you not want to see the ban? given that they are military grade weapons they cause massive devastation. they can fire four to six bullets a second. they can fire 100 bullets in a minute. this shooter took enough bullets to wipe out the entire school and could have done. why do you want these on the streets of america? >> they are not going to go away anytime soon. there is no law that you can pass that would have stopped the bullet that would have been lodged in my hip. >> what do you say to the families in sandy hook? sorry. this is the worst by far for any of the countries in the world. yet your answer is more guns. >> i have had conversations with individuals who save lives with guns. in more than one of the folks who have come through my class have saved lives with guns. they have protected themselves and their loved ones. we look at
. and now, midway in the third quarter is central michigan on top. this sports report brought to you by mercedes-benz. >> all right. thank you. >> join me tonight at 9:00, that is cable channel 13. gun owners in new york say they're being targeted and a newspaper article has them outraged then at 11:00 mail thief and this time, police say it was the postmanman himself what. they found inside of his home. the stories and more right after nshville here at 11:00. we'll see you at 9:00 as well. >> if you have a new tablet don't forget to down load abc 7 news app. they're available through apple app store, google play and amazon. >> and free. >> that is this edition of abc 7 news. >> from all of us here at abc 7 news, thanks for watching. >> we appreciate your time. hope to see you again at 9:00 and 11:00. this is "jeopardy!" let's meet today's contestants -- a psychologist from pound ridge, new york... ...a financial advisor from santa fe, new m.. ...and our returning champion, a computer technician from dublin, ohio... and now here is the host of "jeopardy!" -- alex trebek! if i were ba
in newtown, each with a name and an age. from kalamazoo, michigan, 700 bracelets from a local business and from students, headed to newtown. flower seeds inside each of those smiley faces for the community to wear and plant. and for the newtown police department? officers around connecticut banding together, volunteering to work on christmas day so every newtown officer can have the day off with their family. and at their town hall, mountains of donated toys from all corners of the country, even hurricane sandy victims sending comfort and kindness from what little they have left. >> we had so much help, we wanted to pay it forward and try to help somebody else. >> reporter: nearly two months since sandy and many still live without power. volunteers going door to door. one family said they just wanted a christmas tree for their children. so, volunteers from maryland got to work. in one of the most devastated neighborhoods, we spotted a secret santa, known as sandy claus, making special deliveries. >> it was just amazing. i couldn't stop smiling. i just love to see the look on the kids'
. the automaker announcing its plan to pump three quarters of a billion dollars into plants in michigan. 2,300 new jobs. >>> and speaking of made in america, our christmas challenge. and tonight, the big reveal here. the factories saying thank you for the joy and the jobs you created. merry christmas. it was the made in america christmas challenge. you can see the christmas lights are up. across the country, even the mall of america. inside, santa taking those requests. david muir with "world news." how are you? >> oh, good. how are you? >> reporter: i'm just curious. of those kids sitting on santa's lap, how much of what they're asking for is made in america? >> oh, oh. i guess -- ah -- i guess -- i guess -- >> reporter: you'll remember, even the elf was stumped, telling us he couldn't answer those kinds of questions. but if you look closely, we guaranteed you could find made in america. just one thing, $64, creates 200,000 jobs, say economists. and it turns out, you found it. viewers like kerry mcdonald, from iowa. >> fiestaware, made in the united states. >> reporter: new plates and that couch
's michigan avenue tonight. good evening, john. >> reporter: good evening, natalie. just because christmas is over, it doesn't mean that the shopping is over, as well. today is the beginning of retailers' second season, and this year it's a chance to make up for some lackluster sales before christmas. in detroit, shoppers lined up before stores opened, ready to spend. >> i'm returning things and i'm buying things. >> reporter: that's the way it was across the country as americans flocked to stores to use gift cards. >> you're lucky. >> yes, i am. >> reporter: or return what was under the tree. >> consumers tend to spend more when they come in and return the gift. and that's that second season that retailers love. >> i'm going to do well today. yeah. i'm going to take advantage of it. i'm going to get as much as i can. >> be sure to check out our $5 t-shirts today. >> reporter: stores are luring with deep discounts. >> better than last week. >> we saved a chunk of money for this day specifically. >> reporter: the savings are across the board from designer goods to electronics. >> there's go
morning, a somber christmas in a neighborhood in flint, michigan. two people were found dead inside a home cordoned off by yellow crime scene tape. an area hospital. alive and family friend caroline broach was shocked and saddend when she first learned the news. >> they was good people. they didn't bother nobody, they didn't harm nobody. they came home and they was going to have christmas and they was supposed to have new year's. [ sobbing ] [ indiscernable ] >> local media reports indicate carbon monoxide poisoning could be to blame, but police have not confirmed that report. >>> news time right now 4:52. it's like finding a needle in a haystack. a snow chain installer finds a silver wedding ring in the snow and now he's hoping to track down the owner. doug benadebti was working on a highway in california when he saw a man jogging up and down the road in a panic. he said that man lost his wedding ring while he was running. so benadetti was determined to help. he too started looking for it and eventually found it laying there in the snow. the only problem, he never got a hold of the ring
now yield three minutes to my good friend from the state of michigan, the dean of the house, mr. dingell. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan is recognized for three minutes. mr. dingell: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. dingell: i thank my good friend for yielding time. neither he nor i need hair spray. so we could approach thaffer matter with some serenity. but i want to say here i yield to no one in this chamber over what has been done or what i have done on food and drug and safety for the american consuming pub lech. i am the author of the provision that is require food and drug to only market those things which are safe and effective. they don't like this they can take it off the market on that ground. they have not chosen to do so. the only reason is going off the market is because of the fact that it bothers the folk who want the montreal protocol to go into place. now, let's take a lell bet of a look at it. tsh-teak a little bit of a look at it. there are a piddling a
're going to start out with the michigan valedictorian on trial for killing his mother. his ex-girlfriend pointed a picture inside the home before the murder. but which side does it help? dan and nancy to weigh in on that. first, abc's john muller. >> reporter: chilling testimony from the ex-girlfriend of a former high school valedictorian, accused of brutally murdering his own mother. >> she believed her medication was sorcery and witchcraft. and therefore, it was evil. >> reporter: holly telling jurors ruth pyne was dangerous and delusional, assaulting her son, jeffrey esh, in the months before she was murdered. >> she had been storing knives in her headboard. she watched the religious channel. >> reporter: prosecutors say 22-year-old jeffrey pyne bludgeoned his mother to death in the family's michigan garage in may of 2011. they claim he was fueled by pent-up rage after years of abuse at the hands of a mentally ill mother. who spent time in jail for abusing him. troubling for the defense, the dramatic blisters on jeffrey pyne's hands. disturbing photos that jurors have seen
tom lamm and step-mom nicole invited all of northeast michigan to launch these chinese lanterns to celebrate what would have been their son's ninth birthday. >> i miss him so much. t's so hard. i just want him back. >> i know. reporter: much of what so many people loved about jadenlamm can be seen in this home video. although he had a rare form of cancer that attacked his central nervous system here he is busting a christmas move right after akeem owe treatment. the kid that kind of spirit. but it was his final words, all his own, that will forever stick with his father. >> he looked at me right in the eye and he said, "i'm never going to get married, daddy." my heart sunk when he said that. i was like why would you say that, buddy? he said god needs me more. >> reporter: god needs me more. his last full sentence. but the beginning of something truly remarkable. a couple days after jaden died tom and nicole were in line to get some coffee when they decided, spur of the moment, to pay for the customer behind them in the drive-through. it was supposed to be just a little symbolic
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